Understanding business and development: A career in socio-economics

By Kelli Rogers 09 June 2015

Christian Spano, global lead for socio-economic development for Anglo American, has always balanced his background in economics with development work.

A diverse skill set and a little bit of luck has gotten Christian Spano, global lead for socio-economic development for Anglo American, to where he is in his career today.

After studying economics, Spano started his career in strategy in the forestry sector. At the same time, he got involved in a United Nations project working on drugs and conflict in Peru, he told Devex Impact’s Adva Saldinger at the Shared Value Leadership Summit in New York.

When he got started working in commercial strategy in the power sector, he continued working on development issues with the government of Peru as an extension of his work with the U.N.

It was this combination of experience — core business strategy with a development angle — that Spano thinks got him noticed after finishing further studies in Europe.

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Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.

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